Cheers (2003) With guests like Eminem, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre, Obie Trice could probably rhyme the phone book and his debut disc would still go platinum.… 2003-09-23 Obie Trice Hip-Hop/Rap
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Cheers (2003)

Obie Trice | TOO SHADY Trice hits a wall by trying to be too much like Marshall Mathers
TOO SHADY Trice hits a wall by trying to be too much like Marshall Mathers
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2003; Lead Performance: Obie Trice; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

With guests like Eminem, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre, Obie Trice could probably rhyme the phone book and his debut disc would still go platinum. But Cheers isn't quite that rote: Trice is a talented MC, and the synth-funk production by Mr. Mathers, Dre, and Timbaland is top-notch. The problem is that Trice chooses to stay in the shadow of his Detroit compadre, crassly following the blueprint of Eminem's last disc -- from the goofy single ''Got Some Teeth'' to the I-hate-my-mom confessional cut (''Don't Come Down'') to the Murder Inc. dis track (''S--- Hits the Fan''). Just the latest model to roll off the Motor City assembly line.

Originally posted Oct 10, 2003 Published in issue #732 Oct 10, 2003 Order article reprints